Hundreds of sports horses across the UK will be scanned as part of the first large-scale study into equine ulceration.

Hundreds of sports horses across the UK will be scanned as part of the first large-scale study into equine ulceration.

The InnerVision study has been launched by Liverpool-based vet and PhD student Richard Hepburn, who hopes his work will help explain the prevalence of gastric ulcers in performance animals.

Richard Hepburn, along with vets participating in the ulcer studyHe said: “Gastric ulceration in sports horses is poorly understood, especially compared with racehorses, but what we do know is that it’s a very important factor in the performance and well-being of many horses in training and competition.”

Mr Hepburn has called on 21 practices across the country to help pull together diagnostics data, with each practice set to scope between 10 and 20 horses.

He said he expects a prevalence of 60%, and has asked participating vets to scope all areas of the stomach, pylorus and duodenum to ensure every incidence of ulceration is diagnosed and recorded.

He is also keen to learn more about glandular ulceration and glandular disease.

He added: “Glandular disease appears to have a very different aetiology to squamous ulceration, and often presents with different signs.

“We also believe that prevalence of glandular ulceration is most common in sports horses.”

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